April 30, 2014
ANSWERING THE CALL
NWSL players fill U.S. roster for game in Canada
CHICAGO - Interim head coach Jill Ellis has named 22 players to the U.S. Women's National Team roster that will travel to Winnipeg, Canada, for a May 8 match between the CONCACAF rivals.
"With World Cup qualifying in less than six months, each game against a quality opponent is significant for this group, but no question playing Canada in Canada stirs the emotions and gives it greater meaning," said Ellis. "We have been scouting NWSL games, and we have some injuries, so I think the roster is indicative of some of the top performers playing in the league at the moment. I am looking forward to getting the group to Winnipeg and having a few days of prep before the match."
The roster includes 18 players currently in the National Women's Soccer League in addition to all three Americans - Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg - who helped Tyresö of Sweden advance to the UEFA Women's Champions League Final with a 3-0 victory this past weekend against Birmingham of England in the second leg of the semifinal series. That trio will join their NWSL clubs following the Champions League Final against holders Wolfsburg of Germany on May 22 in Lisbon.
The U.S. roster includes three players from Seattle Reign FC, which currently sits atop the NWSL standings, as well as three players from FC Kansas City, the Washington Spirit and Sky Blue FC. There are 21 professionals on the roster plus rising college senior Morgan Brian, the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at the University of Virginia who already has 10 caps in her international career.
Two players return to a U.S. roster after extended absences, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and former Under-20 and Under-23 international Allie Long, who is currently tied for second in scoring in NWSL with three goals. In addition, Ellis has given a first senior team call-up to Portland Thorns FC defender Nikki Marshall, another former U-20 and U-23 international who was a member of the USA's 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup championship team along with two other players on the roster, Klingenberg and Sydney Leroux.
The game will be played at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, and will be shown live on ESPN3 and espnW.com at 8 p.m. ET.
Investors Group Field, which opened in 2013, features an artificial field and has a capacity of just over 33,000. It is one of six venues that will be used for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)